Get your vegan concha fix at these spots in LA! A concha is a traditional Mexican pan dulce or “sweet bread roll” with a crunchy topping stamped on to create a shell-like design. They are a nostalgic and fundamental part of Mexican culture that taste great solo, dipped in coffee, or as a dessert with your favorite toppings––like whipped cream and berries! Traditionally, conchas include butter and eggs, so they can be tough to find vegan, but leave it to us to scout out some places that offer plant-based renditions of these treats.
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Panaderia La Mexicana
This vegan-friendly panaderia makes some of the tastiest plant-based conchas out there! In fact, their conchas are so good, Vegatinos and Veggie Y Qué used to offer the strawberry and vanilla flavors on their menu. Aside from these iconic shell-stamped sweet rolls, Panaderia La Mexicana also makes vegan tamales, puerquitos, and other pan dulce.
Vegan by Victoria’s
Santa Ana and East LA
Vegan by Victoria’s dominates the pan dulce playing field with conchas of all categories. They’ve got chocolate and vanilla, but the standout is their Como La Flor, a Selena-inspired bright purple concha dusted in edible glitter! Check out their other traditional eats like borregos, gansitos, elotes, galletas, puerquitos—we could continue to list their goodies, but you’ll have to check them out for yourself!
At this all-vegan restaurant you can get your fix of tacos and treats all in one stop! Finish off your visit here with one of Sugar Taco’s delectable desserts, like their signature flavored conchas. Pro tip: Ask for it deep-fried––you’ll thank us later! And if you have a birthday or special occasion coming up, you can order special custom conchas with writing in them.
Noes Vegan Panaderia
Pop-up and Delivery
Are you obsessed with superfoods? Then you’ll love the conchas from Noes Vegan Panaderia! Their plant-based sweet rolls come with a variety of superfood toppings including Pink Pitaya, Sapphire Wolfberry, Activated Charcoal Coconut, and more. This pop-up often donates large portions of their proceeds to nonprofit organizations and hosts food and clothing drives for the community, so you can feel good about indulging in their desserts! To place your order, visit @noesveganpanaderia on Instagram.
Pico-Union and Echo Park
This vegan-friendly panaderia offers Vanilla Conchas for you to stock up on! Not only that, but they also carry Mini Vegan Apple Pies, Cinnamon Rolls, Triple Chocolate Cake, Tres Leches, and other treats. Are you drooling yet? We are!
Delicias Bakery & Some
Another vital sweet to the Hispanic community is churros. But how does an indecisive vegan choose between a churro or a concha? You don’t! This vegan-friendly spot makes your decision a bit easier with their Vegan Churro Concha, a love child of the two fan favorites. Now to decide how many to get. If you’re craving a more classic flavor, do not fear! They’ve also got vegan vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry conchas.
Haven’t read a flavor that’s caught your attention? Challenge accepted! How about your choice of coconut, watermelon, chocolate, mango, guava, pineapple, almond, raspberry, cinnamon, or coffee flavors? Ok, we’re being smart now, but all of these and more are possible when you order from Conchitas Veganas. Welcome your indecisiveness back with all these flavor options! Check out @_conchitas_veganas_ on Instagram for details on how to place your order.
Toluca Bakery & Cafe
This vegan-friendly bakery stocks a wide variety of plant-based pastries. Their eye-catching vegan conchas are a beautiful combination of soft and sweet! While you’re there, we’d recommend picking up a few vegan croissants, empanadas, or bread rolls for the fam.